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  • LRH Orthopedic Physician Assistant Returns from Four Month National Guard Deployment

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    September 06, 2019
    Kory Nordick, PA-C in the Orthopedic department at Lake Region Healthcare, recently returned from deployment with the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard.
    He has been employed by Lake Region Healthcare since November 2012 and has been a member of the military for 22 years.  Kory’s most recent deployment lasted approximately four months.  He departed in March and returned in late July. 
    During his deployment, Kory was primarily stationed in the country of Jordan.  He was assigned as the Joint Training Center Aid Station Officer in Charge, as well as the Area Support Group Surgeon in Jordan.  His duties as the Jordan Surgeon required him to function as the chief medical officer for all military personnel in Jordan including eight different facilities with personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  He also worked with host nation medical entities including EMS and hospital facilities throughout Jordan for the treatment of military personnel.
    “The primary mission in Jordan was working with the Jordanian armed forces doing training. We had units that were stationed at the joint training center where I was located that would work with the Jordanian armed forces, both in special tactics and security missions,” Nordick said.  “We also had medics that were training some of their medics on the different techniques and procedures that we were implementing in U.S. military medicine. I provided some additional depth in their training as well as subject matter expertise in a number of things,” he added.
    Nordick says the special training he receives in the military is some of the best available, and that it is beneficial to his practice here at home. “Prior to this deployment to Jordan I attended an advanced trauma course in For Sam Houston, TX. It is some of the best training in the world on trauma, whether it be combat trauma or something as simple as a motor vehicle accident,” he said. 
    About returning home, Nordick says “I’m glad to be back.” He says being back home and back to his patients and routine at work are a welcome change. As far as future military plans, he says “I have two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies covered by the military. It’s been one of the best decisions I ever made. I don’t see myself getting out. It's a good change of pace for me. Working in orthopedics here and getting to use a different set of skills on drill weekends has been very beneficial for me,” he said.
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    Dr. Mohammed Khalil Azzouqa Internal medicine specialist and Kory Nordick
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    The team from the Joint Training Center Aid Station (two medics and the host nation liaison) as well as a team from Specialty Hospital in Amman after an EMS transport trial run exercise 
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